Coleman, Tigers have big third quarter in win over MCC


Holy Trinity's Seth Coleman dunks for two of his game-high 22 points during Friday night's 76-57 victory over visiting Melbourne Central Catholic.


The noise in the gym and the smiles on the faces of the players on the Holy Trinity boys basketball team in the third quarter of Friday night’s showdown with Melbourne Central Catholic said it all.

The Tigers were having fun.

“The energy was crazy in here,” Holy Trinity senior Seth Coleman said. “It brings everyone up. Everyone wants to get up on their feet. Everyone wants to run and score.

“That’s when we’re at our best.”

The Tigers certainly put on a show in that third quarter, outscoring MCC 25-10 to pull away for what would become a 76-57 Holy Trinity victory in a Class 5A, District 7 game.

Coleman led the Tigers with 22 points and scored eight straight for Holy Trinity in the third quarter, including back-to-back three-point plays. Dru Nickson was next with 16 points and Preston Milo had 14.

Tyrel Harris scored nine points and Javaris Johnson had eight.

Coleman, who had 12 of the Tigers’ 25 third-quarter points said he and his teammates changed their mindset during halftime and were able to step it up on both the defensive and offensive ends of the floor.

“We were a little sluggish at first, but then we got it together,” Coleman said. “We brought it all together and got a pretty big win.”

While the third quarter was clearly the highlight of the night for the Tigers, their performance leading up to it wasn’t always as smooth. That included a moment right before the end of the first half when Holy Trinity pulled the ball out, appearing to be playing for the last shot.

Instead, the ball went up with 12.5 seconds left – a rather long 3-point try at that – which was missed. That gave MCC a chance to come down and hit a three just before the buzzer to make it a five-point game at the break.

“I feel like we got off to a pretty decent start,” Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson said. “We got two quick layups in transition. We had them turn it over eight times in the first quarter.

“And then they hit some big shots. (MCC point guard Sami Pissis) did a really good job of getting in the paint and finding the open guy. It got us a little flustered for a little while and it took away our transition.

“I think in the second half we regrouped and realized if we keep them out of the paint, we can make it difficult for them to make shots with a hand in their face. We got some stops and that led to that third quarter where we made that big run.”

The victory improved the Tigers to 13-3 and kept them in the hunt for the No. 1 seed for the district tournament with big games at Cocoa and Astronaut coming at the end of the month.

“I think it’s still a work in progress,” Henderson said. “We’ve got to play four quarters every single night. Once we do that, I think we’ll be pretty solid.”